Key NY Senate Coup Figure Gets Back Chairmanship

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Democratic New York state senator who was
stripped of a committee chairmanship after he was charged with
assaulting his girlfriend has been quietly reappointed to the job.

The reappointment comes in the aftermath of the coup he helped engineer in the New York Senate.

Sen. Hiram Monserrate of Queens is still facing the assault charge, accused of slashing his girlfriend's face with a broken glass in December. Senate journal records show he's been reinstated as chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee.

The state comptroller's office couldn't immediately say Wednesday whether Monserrate's $12,500 yearly stipend has been restored. Monserrate's spokesman and Senate Democratic leadership are refusing to comment.

Monserrate briefly joined Republicans last month to help create a coalition that upended his fellow Democrats' control of the Senate.

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